SONGS OF FREEDOM: Part Seven

Rastas and Orthodoxy Part Seven of Seven! RTE: I hope you both get there. Looking back, after this wonderful journey, what do you feel that you’ve brought to Orthodoxy from your Rasta experience that could help other Orthodox converts, especially those from a more middle-class background? MICHAEL: Living simple. Seeing your brother as yourself. Seeing […]

SONGS OF FREEDOM: Part Six

St. Basil of Ostrog Part Six of Seven RTE: I understand that both of you have a strong tie to St. Basil of Ostrog. He isn’t well- known in the West, so how did that come about? MICHAEL: A couple of years ago I received a flyer about a book about him called, The Mystery […]

SONGS OF FREEDOM: Part Five

More On Orthodoxy Part Five of Seven RTE: Probably every married woman reading this can feel what you went through, Teresa. When were you finally baptized, Michael? MICHAEL: About six years after I met Fr. Paisius. I was working towards baptism, going to classes along with our son Nesta, who was to be baptized with […]

SONGS OF FREEDOM: Part Four

Encountering Orthodoxy RTE: What finally brought you to Orthodoxy? MICHAEL: All through my Rasta years, my reason for being there was to get closer to God. I think it was just God working with me through the Rasta movement. As I said earlier, in everything you read about His Majesty, in every speech, every proclamation, […]

SONGS OF FREEDOM: Part Three

The Rastafari Movement Part Three of Seven RTE: So, what is Rastafari, and how did it begin? MICHAEL: In my understanding, Rastafari is an Ethiopian word – Ras means “head, chief, or king”; tafari means “Creator” or “the One to be feared.” Ras Tafari was His Majesty Haile Selassie’s name before he became the emperor […]

SONGS OF FREEDOM: Part Two

Teresa’s Story Part two of seven RTE: Teresa, how did the Rasta movement fit for you? TERESA: I wasn’t as into the music. What I liked was that they lived a simple life, that they lived “Ital”1 – no white flour, no white sugar, no pop, nothing processed, no meat. That was something I wanted […]

SONGS OF FREEDOM: Part One

The Rastafari Road to Orthodoxy This interview was published in the Road To Emmaus, and is reprinted here with permission of Michael and Teresa Wilson. This is the first of seven installments on their journey to the Orthodox faith. In an engagingly open interview, Michael and Teresa Wilson of St. Mary of Egypt Serbian Orthodox […]